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July 22nd, 2010
05:06 PM ET

Confidence is high as tropical storm heads toward Gulf

CNN Wire Staff

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Thursday a cap placed over the damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico will remain sealed even if a tropical storm forces vessels monitoring the area to evacuate. A sealed cap means no oil is escaping.

Allen, who is leading the federal response to the spill, said sensors and extensive monitoring have allowed observers to "rule out any indications there might be a leak." His confidence in the integrity of the well "improved dramatically" within the past few days after he examined data, he said.

BP is also weighing a tactic called "static kill" that could help seal the broken well. The process involves pumping mud into the well to force oil back into the reservoir below. BP could begin a "static kill" as early as the weekend, weather permitting.

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